Corvette dealing with loss of Alphand
Luc Alphand, who has brilliantly defended Corvette's colours in Europe over the years with his team Luc Alphand Aventures, has decided to retire from driving.
'Lucho' shared a C5.R, then a C6.R with his team-mates on four occasions at Le Mans (finishing once on the podium) and claimed two GT1 titles in the LMS.
Luc Alphand's record also includes a win on the 2006 Dakar and nine FIA Cross-Country World Cup event wins - as well as rounding Cape Horn on a jet-ski in 2000.
An accident while competing on two wheels at last year's Rand'Auvergne prompted the former downhill skier to call it a day in motor sport.
Alphand's decision to bring his racing career to a close means that Larbre Compétition will provide the team for Corvette next season.
France-based Larbre Compétition will run a GT2 Corvette C6.R in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, and will consider running a second car at Le Mans.
This year, Larbre Compétition took its Saleen S7.R to LMGT1 class wins at Le Mans, in the Le Mans Series and at Zhuhai. In 2011, Gabriel Gardel, Julien Canal and Patrick Bornhauser will share a 'factory' C6.R in the colours of BSI, Demeco, McDonalds and Michelin.
Corvette came out on top after a memorable final lap at Road Atlanta in October which ended up giving them the Petit Le Mans class win.
The factory Corvette Racing squad later returned to the Georgian venue for two days of testing, before following up with further work at Sebring.
Work included a 12-hour endurance run with three cars - although track time was briefly interrupted to allow a wedding to take place at nearby Château Elan, located close to the track.